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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Silver Needle from Adagio Teas

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 19th, 2011

Brews a dark color for a silver needle, but the flavor profile is more like what I'd expect for a silver needle.

Aroma is mellow, mostly vegetal, slightly floral but only weakly so. Sweet, no bitterness. I used a very long steep time (>10 min.) and it had only a little astringency.

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Wuyi Ensemble (Wuyi Oolong) from Adagio Teas

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 16th, 2011

Although this tea looks very dark in color, it had a slightly greener character among Wuyi oolongs. Aroma has a hint of smokiness, and some woody qualities, but primarily a background of honey-like smoothness that is fairly floral. The finish is clean and herbaceous, leaving a fresh taste of celery on the palate.

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White Peony (Pai Mu Tan) from Adagio Teas

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 14th, 2011

Not what I expected, and actually, far exceeding any expectations I had! This is my favorite Pai Mu Tan sampled yet, and is far out ahead of any of the other contenders.

I had this as a sample in a tea sachet. The sachet contains the same tea that is sold as loose-leaf. I will note that the sachet was very large,...

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Ti Kuan Yin (Oolong Goddess) from Adagio Teas

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Fujian, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 14th, 2011

This is a very balanced Tie Guan Yin. It is darker than a lot of the modern green Chinese Oolongs, but lighter than some of the traditional dark roast ones. The cup comes out a dark amber or light brown.

The aroma is slightly floral, with a hint of woody tones. Very full-bodied; slightly honey-like upon drinking....

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Sylvia

(214 reviews)
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Silver Needle from Adagio Teas

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 11th, 2011

I was expecting this tea to be too weak for my taste, but it actually had a good amount of flavor. I'm not the best judge of gourmet teas, though, but I've started liking white teas more. The silver needle doesn't have as much of the tangy flavor of other white teas I've tasted.

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marlena

(75 reviews)
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Bohea Imperial Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Bohea – Region: Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 25th, 2011

The leaves are small and tightly twisted/rolled and give off quite a smokey aroma, which dissapates as the tea brews. It does so even more in the taste, which is fairly light, smooth, creamy and just a wee bit smokey. There are hints of cocoa and roasted vegetables. It really is an excellent tea, but on the expensiv...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Wuyi Organic Oolong Tea from Wegmans

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 9th, 2011

This is the same style as Rishi's Wuyi Qi Lan, and the two teas are very similar. I suspect that this is also a Qi Lan but I am not experienced enough with Wuyi teas to say for sure.

Rishi's Qi Lan (Wuyi oolong) is sweeter, thicker, more syrupy. This tea is more dry. Both teas have a pleasant hint of smokiness. ...

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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Wuyi Oolong from Rishi Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 24th, 2011

I am really fond of this tea. I purchased a small bag of this from Rishi a few months back, and have grown to really appreciate the full body with it's roasty/nutty/grainy flavors and aroma. It has sweet notes as they describe it, especially when you steep it a second or third time.

I tend to brew this Chinese styl...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Se Chung from Imperial Tea Garden

Style: Se Chung Oolong – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 18th, 2011

Greener character, with an aroma that is simultaneously smoky, woody, and floral. Flavor surprisingly clear and clean. However, aftertaste is muddled and slightly more smoky than I like. Medium-bodied. I find it less fruity than the description suggests, and less than a number of other oolongs.

When Se Chung ool...

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AdamMY

(1 review)
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Ti Kuan Yin (Oolong Goddess) from Adagio Teas

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Fujian, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 12th, 2011

This rating is when it is made as an iced tea, as I personally do not like this tea warm, but I think it makes an incredibly delicious, and refreshing iced tea in the summer.

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Pancakes

(23 reviews)
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Bai Mudan White Tea from Foojoy

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 25th, 2011

The aroma of this tea is a bit mild and slightly floral. The aroma and taste are both delicate and refreshing, and a bit toasty. This Bai Mudan has no bitterness or astringency, and is quite full and smooth, with some subtle sweetness. Much better than supermarket white teas, to be sure. From the first cup, I like this...

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chailover2011

(3 reviews)
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Golden Monkey Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China

33 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Jun. 18th, 2011

Big disappointment! This tea has zero flavor. I'm a fan of strong black teas. Usually buy my tea in India and bring it back. This chinese tea smelled quite good in the shop, but the flavor is nil. Won't buy this again. Flat, boring, nothing.

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Panyang Tippy Golden Needles Imperial from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Panyang Congou – Region: Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 28th, 2011

Aroma toasty and caramely, like the crust of a pastry. This tea is so reminiscent of pastry that if I close my eyes, I almost picture there being a baked good, rather than a cup of tea, in front of me.

Dark, rich, but with a pleasingly smooth flavor. Finish leaves a surprisingly lightness on the palate, and a fain...

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Pancakes

(23 reviews)
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China Classic Oolong from Foojoy

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Fujian, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
May. 21st, 2011

The Chinese name printed on the packaging for China Classic Oolong sheds some light on this tea. It reads as Fuzi Zhongguo Minnan Wulong Cha, or "Foojoy Chinese Minnan Wulong Tea." Here, Minnan refers to the southern region of Fujian province. Therefore, a more accurate English name for this tea, following the Chinese,...

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Jenna T. Drinker

(33 reviews)
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Dragon Pearl Jasmine from Harney and Sons

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fujian, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 1st, 2011

I was pleasantly surprised by this Jasmine. Typically I find that Jasmine teas smell fantastic but brew super bitter and tasteless. Dragon Pearl Jasmine, on the other hand, was both aromatic and flavorful without being overpowering. A solid choice for Jasmine.

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Panyang Congou Select from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Panyang Congou – Region: Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 22nd, 2011

A delightful and complex black tea. Very robust and full-bodied, moderate bitterness, but not overly caffeinated. Aroma simultaneously a little smoky, fruity, and malty, with no one quality dominating the others. Very balanced. Very pleasing.

I can see this becoming a favorite everyday black tea for me: it is mu...

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Tie Guan Yin traditional charcoal roast Master Grade from Life in Teacup

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 6th, 2011

(2009 Harvest) This is an impressive tea, and the first perfect rating I've ever given here. Life in Teacup provided me with a sample generous enough to experiment a bit with brewing.

This tea is so intensely flavorful and aromatic, that I settled on using a little less than 1 teaspoon of leaf, and brewed four infu...

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marlena

(75 reviews)

Red Robe Oolong from thepuriTea

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 28th, 2011

To me this dry tea smelled like one of my favorite aromas - mac and cheese. The first infusion was a combination of a floral, with raisins and caramel, with a tiny hint of smoke. The second was more floral and sweeter, with more raisin in it.. As it cooled, it developed a certain fruitiness that reminded me of peache...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Pure White Tea from Twinings

Style: White Tea – Region: Fujian, China

20 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Mar. 7th, 2011

Among my least favorite bagged teas that I've tried. Aroma very weak: vaguely floral and then dissipating into a stale, tea-like aroma. Pale cup has a muddled flavor, with a little bitterness and more astringency than I'd like, and a little sourness too. I would not drink this again.

My advice is to stick to Twin...

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teaHappiness

(12 reviews)
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Superior Bai Lin Gong Fu Black Tea from Canton Tea Co

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 31st, 2011

The leaves are gorgeous! the dry leaf smell reminds me of very strong dried fruits, such as dates and raisins. maybe a little goji berry, too. I also get a whiff of sweet tobacco, like what my father used to smoke in his pipe when I was a girl. The taste is very interesting, slightly caramel-y, and i’m also getting t...

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White Peony from Rishi Tea

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Zhenghe, Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 4th, 2011

I'll start by saying I'm new to white teas, so I do not know exactly what a typical white tastes like. But the large leaves have a beautiful honey aroma that also came through after steeping. I could smell another slightly woody/nutty flavor, but couldn't identify it until I read the package "Pure White Tea with acc...

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Tea Snob

(11 reviews)
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Monkey-Picked Ti Kuan Yin from Foojoy

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 15th, 2010

The tea is rather brisk and sharp, but not necessarily in an unpleasant way. Next time I will let it brew for a little less time. This tea has a distinct taste of baked red apples. If anyone has ever done this before, some of the apple caramelizes as it bakes and makes it a little sweeter than normal, there are de...

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synth

(31 reviews)
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Wu Yi Oolong Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 2nd, 2010

2.3g in 8oz water at 190F (for ~3mins? didn't keep track)

the liquor is smooth. not bitter.
has some sweetness to the aroma. roasty, indeed. it is earthy, and i guess it's reminiscent of fall leaves. i didn't really detect mushroom. it really reminds me of roasted peanuts.

2nd infusion: 8oz, 195F, ~5 mins
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marlena

(75 reviews)
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Golden Osmanthus Oolong (Huang Jin Gui) traditional style from Life in Teacup

Style: Golden Osmanthus – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

I am still feeling my way with Oolongs, so I followed Directions and brewed this at about 205 for about 2 minutes. There was a light flowery scent that flowed right into a soft flowery taste, that just skims over your tongue. I want to experiment with different times and temps to see how that might change.

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The Lazy Literatus

(6 reviews)
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Silver Needle White Tea (Fuding Bai Hao Yin Zhen) from Canton Tea Co

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 21st, 2010

This was one of the fuzziest Silver Needles I've ever encountered, and had a taste to almost match.

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